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Quincy to seek grant to help pay for sewage plant improvements

July 26, 2006|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Quincy Township is applying to the state for $400,000 to reduce the nitrate and sediments in the effluent from its Nunnery Road sewage treatment plant.

The Franklin County Board of Commissioners Tuesday approved an application to the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development for funding through the competitive Community Development Block Grant program.

The total project cost for the redesign and reconfiguration of the plant is approximately $650,000, said Supervisor Bob Gunder. Dan Wolf, a community planner with the County Planning Department, said it will be about three months before the township learns whether it will get the money.

Quincy Township has received previous grants for the sewer system, including $144,000 from the county's CDBG allocation in 2002. This year, the county allocated another $100,000, which was paired with $115,000 in township funds for replacement of a bar screen at the plant, Gunder said.

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In 2003 the township also received a competitive CDBG grant of $350,000 to help low- and moderate-income homeowners install sewer laterals, Wolf said. The competitive grant application means, as the name implies, that the township is competing with municipalities from around the state for a limited pool of funds.

The improvements will increase the treatment plant's ability to remove biological nutrients and sediments, Gunder and Supervisor Kerry Bumbaugh said. Otherwise the daily flow will be limited to about 200,000 gallons a day and limit future connections.

"In a nutshell, our effluent is too strong" for Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection regulations, Gunder said.

The township's sewer system has about 1,100 customers and a capacity of up to 330,000 gallons a day, Gunder said. The current daily flow averages about 150,000 gallons, Gunder and Bumbaugh said.

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